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Nikitas Greek Cuisine

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Published February 1st 2015
What do you mean no Lamb?
It's been a really long time since I've been to a Greek restaurant in Adelaide because the last time burnt a very deep and painful, but also delicious, hole in my wallet (Zucca at Glenelg, I'm looking at you).

So I proceeded with caution.

Nikitas on Unley Road seemed like a good/safe option. The menu looked delicious, the décor cute and the prices feasible.

Upon arriving at the Restaurant we were greeted with a beautifully decorated room plastered in blue and white, with candle lit tables and arched ceilings. There were only two other couples there and a little old Greek man working behind the bar, watching us wryly and simply nodding as a form of hello. I felt like I was on a romantic date in Greece. Only I wasn't on a date, nor was I in Greece.

As mentioned I had already viewed the menu online, so I knew what I wanted to order. The Lamb Souvlaki ($29.90). I'd been thinking about it all day and could not stop my mouth from watering in anticipation.

The menu has plenty of traditional Greek dishes to choose from. The prices for a main meal range from $23.90-$29.90, or you could get a share plate for $55 or treat yo self and get the meat platter for $75. The starters range from $13.90-$16.90. There are also Banquet packages available.

The waitress cheerfully came over to take our orders. We ordered the Mixed Dip plate ($24.90) for starters and my Lamb Souvlaki. But that's when disaster struck.

We're out of Lamb."

Excuse me what?" growled my stomach. Out of Lamb. How can a Greek Restaurant be out of Lamb??

But alas, they were out, she explained. So I ordered the Chicken Souvlaki ($25.90) instead and my friend ordered the Yemista; traditional stuffed chicken with herbs, cheese and lemon potatoes ($23.90).

As we waited for our meals the couple next to us received theirs, and we realised that's where all the lamb had gone. It was the meat platter. And boy was it a meat platter. The plate was literally over flowing with meat.

However as soon as the male patron took a bite, he called for the manager to come back. I don't like to eavesdrop, but he was complaining quite loudly that the meat didn't taste right. I don't know exactly what was wrong, but what I will say is that the manager went above and beyond to rectify the mistake.

As for our meals, the starter dish was delicious. It included the Tzatziki (garlic and cucumber), Melitzasalata (eggplant), Kopanisti (feta, olive and chili), Taramasalata (caviar) and Skordalia (potato and garlic) dips.

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Mixed Dip Plate ($24.90)

The Skordalia and Taramasalata were definitely the best ones. There was the perfect combination of potato and garlic in the Skordalia, with just a dash of extra garlic which worked perfectly for garlic lovers (aka me). The Kopanisti was nice but the olive overpowered the feta and chili. The Melitzasalta was the only dip hardly touched on the plate. It was a little too flavourless for my liking. If I was to have one criticism about the dish: needs more pita bread!

When our main meals arrived my friend was given the wrong meal. The manager apologised and had the right meal remade straight away. It only took them 5 minutes to make it, which was both impressive and concerning. But it tasted good, so I guess they just worked really fast?

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Koto Souvalkia (Chicken Souvalki) $25.90

The Chicken Souvlaki tasted homemade and had that essence of eating dinner at your Greek friend's mum's house. The chicken was succulent and fresh, and herb beautifully. The Tzatziki had a lot of garlic, but as mentioned I like garlic so that wasn't problem. I really enjoyed the meal and couldn't finish it because it was a more then generous serving, which is always good in my books.

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Yemista ($23.90)

As for the Yemista, it was quite salty. Probably wouldn't rush out to order it again.

All in all in the experience at Nikitas was an interesting one. Would I recommend it? It wouldn't be my first pick. The food is DECENT, but my stomach still hasn't got over the absence of lamb.
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Where: 40 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061
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